WORCESTER, Mass. — The Portland Pirates came back from a three-goal deficit, but Adam Comrie’s goal just 23 seconds after the Pirates tied the game allowed the Worcester Sharks to defeat the Pirates, 5-3, in their last regular-season matchup of the season Sunday.
Portland remains four points back of the Providence Bruins in the Atlantic Division and sits fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Sharks got on the board first, with James Livingston providing the Worcester offense. Livingston scored his fifth goal of the year at 5:11 of the first to give the Sharks the 1-0 lead.
Jimmy Bonneau and Joel Rechlicz dropped the gloves with 3:25 left in the period in an attempt to energize their teams. While Rechlicz got the takedown, he also picked up an extra penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct, and the Sharks would capitalize.
Bracken Kearns scored just four seconds into the power play to give the Sharks the 2-0 advantage into the first intermission.
Danil Tarasov extended the Worcester lead to 3-0 with 14:05 left in the second, his eighth goal of the year.
The Pirates got on the board as David Rundblad, just back from the Phoenix Coyotes, scored a power play goal at 11:14. The goal was Rundblad’s seventh of the season for the Pirates. The score remained 3-1 after the second period.
The third period started off with a bang. Alexandre Bolduc got his 21st goal of the year just 43 seconds into the period to bring the Pirates within a goal.
Only 51 seconds later, Jordan Martinook scored the equalizer for Portland, beating Harri Sateri for his sixth goal of the year.
Portland's celebration was short-lived, however, as Comrie gave the Sharks the lead once again with his first goal of the year.
Kearns chipped in an empty-net goal with 1:04 to go.
The Pirates fall to 33-21-3-2 and have dropped their last three games. Chad Johnson made 22 saves on 26 shots to take the loss, with his record now 15-12-1 on the year.
Portland will host the Adirondack Phantoms at Cumberland County Civic Center for the only time this season on Wednesday night.